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What is a Reality-Based Martial Art School, and How Does it Differ from Other Schools?

Posted: July 04, 2010

What is a reality-based martial art school? Well, a reality-based martial art is one that is designed to work on the street in a real confrontation, where there are no rules. The core art of our school is Jeet Kune Do. JKD is the art that was created by Bruce Lee, and as such, it retains the fundamental point of martial arts, and that is to survive and win in a street fight. Therefore, that is the over-arching theme of our Adult Program and we are a reality-based school.

Many would argue that all martial arts schools are reality-based, but that is not the case. Let me first explain that it is not the art that a school teaches that makes it reality-based or not, it is the training method. For example, many schools train their students to fight using a certain set of rules. As a result, their students may never learn to deal with things that are very common on the street such as punches to the face, kicks to the legs, and dirty tricks that an attacker may employ (simply because these techniques and tactics are not allowed in the tournaments which the school attends). While the art they are teaching may have originally been for self-defense, it has now been watered down and is being taught to win according to the guidelines of a competition. This type of martial art training is therefore referred to as sport-based, or sport-oriented.

First let me say that I think sports are great, and I am not knocking schools that choose to be sport- oriented. (In fact, I have trained in – and currently teach – many sport-oriented martial arts.) I am only pointing out that this is not the same as self-defense/reality-based martial arts. A person in the street will punch you in the face, and kick you in the leg. They may even bite you, gouge you in the eye, headbutt you, or strike you to the groin area. Any school that says they are teaching self-defense should be preparing you for these eventualities. If you are not preparing for these things, then you are not attending a reality-based school. On the flip side, I am thankful that they don’t allow these things in competitions, because no one wants to see the fighters become seriously injured. However, saying you’re teaching self-defense while not addressing these other areas is inexcusable and just plain wrong. Unfortunately, I see this happening more and more in martial arts schools today.


UFC 116

Posted: July 04, 2010

We had a good time tonight watching UFC 116. We were at the Broken Barrel and we had about 35 people show up. Not too shabby for a holiday weekend.

I was happy to see that Brock Lesnar was healthy again. Carwin was beating up on him in the first round, but Lesnar came back in the second and won by submission. That’s not too surprising considering he’s been working with Erik Paulson. (The Guru of Submissions) If you have followed Erik’s career, you see that he can pull off things you would only see in a comic book. He’s an incredible submission specialist and an all around great fighter and coach.

I would urge anyone to check out his material.


A Very Fun Drill We Did at the End of Class

Posted: June 30, 2010

At the end of one of our classes, we did a drill that simulates what happens when you get hit in a fight, and how difficult it can be to execute the techniques that you have done a million times. The students that you are watching are all really good students. They have thrown a cross-hook-cross combination countless times, and they are good at it. Once they are dizzy, it becomes a totally different story. This combination they have done many times, is now extremely difficult to do. The body no longer moves the way you want it to and it is difficult to stand.

I had to yell a little louder than usual to make sure you can hear me in the video. The first video is the better video, since it was taken with a better camera. The second is from a different angle taken with a cell phone.

All the students did a very good job with the drill, and it was a lot of fun. I’m sure we’ll do this again. I hope you enjoy it.


Some Tips for Training the Central Nervous System While Training Martial Arts

Posted: June 29, 2010

In martial arts, the understanding of the basics is crucial to development. If the foundation is bad, the house will fall. Everyone knows this, and every martial arts school teaches this and reinforces it.

What is also pretty basic, but is not often taught is the progression to get the basics to become part of you, and the best way to train for maximum efficiency. That is what this post will focus on.

When we first learn a skill, it requires a lot of conscious thought. For example, when we first learned to brush our teeth or tie or shoes, it took some concentration and focus. Once we have done these things 10,000 times, we can do them almost unconsciously. Almost as if we were on auto-pilot. We can tie our shoes while watching a ball game and having a conversation, because the act of tying our shoes has become part of us. Martial arts training is exactly the same, and the basics should become so normal to us, that we can execute them seemingly without thinking.


Flopping at the World Cup

Posted: June 27, 2010

First let me start off by saying that I like soccer, and that I have always enjoyed watching the World Cup. I think these guys are tremendous athletes, and I respect them very much. Having said that, I would now like to go on a tirade about the “flopping” that has gone on during these games.

You can’t look like a world-class athlete when you fall down every time you run up the field. It’s really annoying when they fall down and whine; don’t get the call, and then get up and resume play as if nothing happened. They should card you if you keep faking penalties and injuries or make you come off the field for 5 minutes and let your team play with a man down. I can’t believe these guys get away with this. Is it me, or are the women that play soccer much tougher than these guys.

Maybe they should give out the Josh Koschek award to the guy that does the best job faking. In case you don’t know who Koscheck is, he’s the guy in the UFC that fakes like he’s gotten kneed in the face when he hasn’t. He successfully pulled this off in 2 of his most recent fights, and will now be rewarded with a title shot against GSP. Just like some of these clowns in the World Cup who flop are rewarded with penalty kicks. What kind of message does this send to our kids. That we should be a crybaby to get what we want, or that we should blame someone else every time we make a mistake.


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